We started our walk from Hathersage railway station in bright sunshine. Hathersage, one of the busier Peak District villages is surrounded by exceptional countryside. We descended to the River Valley past the circular building which is the David Mellor Cutlery Factory.
We walked adjacent to the River Derwent for a short distance before we found the ideal picnic site. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch surrounded by sheep and their newly born lambs happily grazing in the ample pastures.
After lunch we followed the river for some distance, wandering through grassy fields before ascending through some woods. Once on the level we soon came to Padley Chapel, a listed building but also known for its dark association with the arrest of two Catholic priests in 1588 who were later executed.
We had a brief look inside admiring the beautiful stained glass before emerging into bright sunshine. We then ambled downhill to Grindleford Railway station. It was standing room only as many walkers found this the ideal spot for a short break and for refreshments. We enjoyed our ice creams then set off back the way we came. Veering off, we descended through bluebell woods surrounded by Spring flora and fauna, with bird song in the air, particularly that of the chiffchaff, a distinctive call.
We went under a railway tunnel with the Hope valley railway line above and slowly walked down through the fields to the river once again. We retraced our steps back to where we started and right on cue the sun disappeared behind the clouds marking the end of an enjoyable and relaxing walk.
Helen & Eric
Next month we are arranging something different. The walk will be under 2 miles long and will include a treasure hunt in the Queen’s Park area. Everyone is welcome. Please turn up outside church at 4pm with your sandwiches and a pen or pencil.